Trump's Russia scandals could be about to get much, much worse

by Luca Trenta Added 20.02.2017
Whatever one thinks of the Trump administration’s policies, it is difficult to ignore that the new president’s tenure has so far been characterised by incompetence and carelessness. And while it’s easy to laugh at daft missteps such as an aide...

Trump Should Tackle America’s Infrastructure Crisis Head On

by Daniel Wagner Added 19.02.2017
This weekend’s mandatory evacuation order for residents downstream from California’s Oroville Dam is a reminder of what a perilous state so much of America’s infrastructure is in. In 2005,  three environmental groups filed a motion with the...

The European Union First

by Javier Solana Added 19.02.2017
MUNICH – The world needs the European Union now more than ever. Despite recent crises and the hard blow dealt by the Brexit vote, the EU may well be the world’s best line of defense against today’s most serious threats: isolationism,...

Ensuring Euro-Atlantic Security

by Des Browne, Wolfgang Ischinger, Igor S. Ivanov, and Sam Nunn Added 16.02.2017
MUNICH – The chasm between Russia and the West appears to be wider now than at any point since the Cold War. But, despite stark differences, there are areas of existential common interest. As we did during the darkest days of the Cold War,...

Questions about Judgement:  Trump appointed Flynn in the First Place

by Juan Cole Added 14.02.2017
"Every time Trump dances away from criticizing Putin, you have to wonder if he was in the same basket with Flynn. Kompromat." The sudden resignation of Trump National Security Adviser Mike Flynn on Monday evening clearly was actually a firing....

The European Unraveling?

by Ana Palacio Added 13.02.2017
".....Trump’s first weeks in office convey a singular ideological perspective – the one long espoused by White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon, an ultra-nationalist, acolyte of the Italian fascist philosopher Julius Evola, and long-time...

Navigating the Trumpscape

by Michael Mandelbaum Added 12.02.2017
WASHINGTON, DC – To say that US President Donald Trump’s administration made waves in its initial weeks would be an understatement. Large protests across the United States and around the world attended his inauguration, and have continued since....

Why Trump Can’t Bully China

by Kenneth Rogoff Added 09.02.2017
CAMBRIDGE – As US President Donald Trump proceeds to destabilize the post-war global economic order, much of the world is collectively holding its breath. Commentators search for words to describe his assault on conventional norms of leadership...

The New Anti-Semitism

by Ian Buruma Added 08.02.2017
NEW YORK – Those who have been telling us that Islam, not just revolutionary Islamism, is a lethal threat to Western civilization should now feel satisfied: the President of the United States, and his main advisers, agree with them. In the...

Illiberal Israel

by Shlomo Ben-Ami Added 07.02.2017
NEW YORK – After a half-century of occupying Palestinian territory, Israel is succumbing to its deepest ethno-centrist impulses, and increasingly rejecting recognized boundaries. Israel is now on its way to join the growing club of illiberal...

It’s Not Just a Muslim Ban, It’s Much Worse

by James J. Zogby Added 06.02.2017
  With a stroke of the pen on a misdirected and, I believe, malicious Executive Order (EO), President Donald Trump unleashed a dynamic that will, I fear, have consequences as far-reaching and damaging to my country and my community as the Bush...

Rising Political Risk in Asia

by Daniel Wagner Added 06.02.2017
As the world continues to gyrate from the political paradigm shift under way with the rise of ‘alternative’ political movements, many countries will struggle to adjust to the ‘new normal’. For developing nations and emerging markets, the stakes...

Why the EU Must Be Generous to Britain

by Hans-Werner Sinn Added 06.02.2017
MUNICH – British Prime Minister Theresa May has confirmed it. The United Kingdom will, without a doubt, leave the European Union and negotiate new trade agreements. The question is what kind of agreement the EU will accept. Britain, May has made...

It's dangerous to flatter Trump's narcissism with too much attention

by Michail Theodosiadis Added 31.01.2017
Almost three decades ago, in his book The Culture of Narcissism, the iconoclastic American thinker Christopher Lasch wrote that in postwar America emerged a certain type of being, which in clinical terms falls under the category of “narcissistic...

The Sadism of Racist Exclusion:  Courts Temporarily Block Trump

by Juan Cole Added 30.01.2017
Picking on immigrants and refugees is the act of a sadistic bully, since they are the one fairly large group of residents of the United States whose constitutional rights are disputed. The executive order Trump signed late on Friday suspending...

Germany in the Age of Trump

by Joschka Fischer Added 27.01.2017
BERLIN – Donald Trump is now the 45th President of the United States, and in his inaugural address he made it clear to the assembled US establishment that his administration does not intend to pursue business as usual. His motto, “America...

How Dangerous Is Putin?

by Robert Harvey Added 26.01.2017
LONDON – Is US President Donald Trump right to be sympathetic toward Russia? At first blush, it certainly does not seem so. In Russia, elections are rigged, and organized opposition is suppressed. And under President Vladimir Putin, the country...

The Pending U.S.-Russia Reset: Birth of a New Business Model?

by Daniel Wagner Added 26.01.2017
Certain guiding principles have proven instrumental in shaping our views of the world. Among them, for many Americans and Russians, is the belief that Russia and the U.S. are natural enemies, and will remain so. For many, that perspective did...

China’s Big Sticks

by Stephen S. Roach Added 25.01.2017
NEW HAVEN – US President Donald Trump’s administration is making a major miscalculation by going after China. It appears to be contemplating a wide range of economic and political sanctions – from imposing punitive tariffs and designating China...

#spicerfacts: how the White House's relationship with the press will play out

by Jon Herbert Added 25.01.2017
Journalists would have anticipated the first press conference of the Trump presidency with some trepidation. Not only had his briefing at Trump Tower as president-elect been something of a shambles as Trump excoriated some journalists and...
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